Fishing line depends on technique, reel

By Don Ingram
Fishing line comes in all shapes, sizes and even different materials like monofilament, braid and fluorocarbon.
   Trying to determine what line to purchase depends on the technique and type of reel the line will be used.
   There are three types of reels; baitcasters, spinning, and spincast.
   Anglers must match the correct type of line for the angling technique they intend to use.
   For example, any technique requiring limited stretch and abrasive resistance I use CXX Extra Strong P-line or braided line.
   Flipping, spinnerbaiting, trolling, or even topwater are just a few techniques that I would use extra strong line.
   The disadvantage with lines labeled extra strong is they retain memory, become coily like a slinky, and have to be changed more often.
   If I am casting a jig, a Texas rigged worm, Carolina rig, or casting a crankbait, I use P-Line Fluorocarbon line.
   Fluorocarbon line has advantages over traditional monofilament. Fluorocarbon line has limited stretch which enables an angler to feel strikes.
   When the line is used with an extremely sensitive rod like a G-Loomis NRX rod, an angler can even feel the type of bottom a worm, rig, or jig is being pulled across.
   The disadvantage is the line is expensive and is hard to use on spinning tackle.
   Under clear water situations where light line is required, I use P-line Floro-Clear line specifically designed for spinning tackle. Any line labeled XL or extra lymph is an excellent choice for spinning tackle. Anything labeled XL line is a soft, limber line that can be used on both baitcast and spinning reels.
   The disadvantage with soft line is it lacks abrasive resistance and tends to stretch weakening a hook set.
   If I am confronted with fishing reservoirs or rivers with vegetation like milfoil and hydrilla, I use P-Line braided line.
   Braided line is a cloth line that is woven together line a chain. It is extremely strong, abrasive resistance, has zero stretch, and no memory. Braided line cuts through grass and can be worked easier through the grass than traditional monofilament. The zero stretch feature of the line allows anglers to pull fish from the grass before they have a chance to become tangled.
   The disadvantages of braided line are the line is highly visible under the water and the lack of stretch leads to rod damage.
   Whether you are fishing for bass, catfish, or crappie, anglers must match the correct fishing line with the technique they intend to use.
   Matching the correct line with a specific technique increases the chance of landing a huge fish of a life time or having another story about the one that got away.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article titled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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